Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Stone

Our "knee-jerk" reaction to obstructions in our path is commonly anger and frustration. Mine is, anyway. I want to find a way around an obstruction, or, failing that, a way to detonate high explosives under the obstruction. God's obstructions, however, are sometimes there to focus our attention. Such it seems to have been for me as I say good riddance to a week filled with obstructions. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Stone by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Here-And-Now

When was the last time you became frightened of the demands of your faith? Being a Christian in America seldom puts your life at peril as in other parts of the world and other times in history. It's Palm Sunday, so we will speak of one of those times and places, an event we have converted into a cute children's parade because it's too terrifying to look at it straight on, as an intentionally political act whose only outcome could be death. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Here-and-Now by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Big Fish, Little Fish

The text for this Sunday is the raising of Lazarus. It might not be immediately obvious how the music of Queen and George Harrison fit into the raising of Lazarus, so you'll just have to join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Big Fish, Little Fish by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Musical excerpts:
My Sweet Lord (C) 2009 Umlaut Corporation/EMI Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2009 EMI Records Ltd
Bohemian Rhapsody from Night at the Opera, (C) 2011 Hollywood Records, Inc.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Wrong Tool

The scientific method of observation, proposal of hypothesis, testing and refutation has carried us into a world which amazes me. Mankind has left his footsteps on the surface of the moon and weighed the mass of planets circling suns so far from us that humanity was still running naked in the jungle hitting rabbits in the head with rocks when light from those stars left.

And yet, we live in a world in which we have retired into communities of shared belief from which we do little but glare at one another. It's not just the Creationist museum in Northern Kentucky throwing sticks and stones at all of biology and geology; it is also those within the scientific community returning the favor at people of faith. This will not do.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Wrong Tool by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Witness

I told my teacher this week that I needed to meet with him to get a tune-up on my theology because this Sunday, the topic of my sermon is hydrogen. The element. To find out what this might have to do with the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, click HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Witness by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pick Up Sticks

It's a purely human characteristic to wish to be viewed favorably by our fellows, but is blamelessness the same as righteousness? History teaches that very often God's call to righteousness demands the sacrifice of our individual blamelessness in the eyes of our community. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Pick Up Sticks by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Live Toads

The most famous temptation story in the Old Testament is that of Adam and Eve, but what the temptation actually was may not really have been what you thought. For one thing, there's no apple. For another, there's no Satan. What else might be different?

I also want to thank Gail Rous for playing for us today. Jeanette and Paul Beasley were travelling. Gail played the piano and I led singing. This is usually a cringe-worthy exercise because I can't carry a tune in a bucket. Something happened this Sunday. I didn't leave it in the recording because it wasn't exactly a good thing -- just much less horrible than it might have been, and I was in tears. These things happen.When the congregation lifted its voice...well, you had to be there.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, "Live Toads" by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.